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Women should stop giving excuses for not aspiring higher— Unyime Ivy King, UN Ambassador

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By Anino Aganbi

CELEBRATING the 2017 International Women’s Day with the theme “Be bold for change: Am the change,” UN Ambassador, Mrs Unyime Ivy King, during the launching of the save our women and girls foundation disclosed that the foundation was borne out of the need to serve as a structural support for the work she has been doing informally for many years now.

According to Ambassador Unyime, “The foundation will focus on training, mentoring, educating and building the capacity of women and girls in Nigeria and also raising funds to support credible NGOs that are into gender advocacy, by deploying the method of crowd funding and strategic partnerships, with a team of respectable men and women to oversee its activities.”

Speakers at SOW &G inauguration

Unyime further said “My interpretation of the theme is daring to try. Often as women, we give ourselves all sorts of reasons for not aspiring high. If it is not our children, it’s our husbands and if it is not our husbands, it’s our homes. Being bold for change is all about daring to take that bold step to achieve your goals, dreams in the home, work place.

“We need to discard all our excuses. It helps when women support each other. A new set of women are rising up who are supporting each other to achieve goals and we are going to erase that which says we are our own enemy. Women collaborate to do things. Great and mighty things happen in the nation. Women are incubators and whatever you give to them multiplies beyond what you imagine.

As soon as we begin to understand the powers we have and take hold of it, then a lot of things will begin to change. We must change the social conditioning we give to our daughters where we relegate the girl child to the kitchen and the boys aspire to be doctors, engineers, lawyers.etc.”

Also speaking at the event, Betty Abba said “The theme is about reinforcing what women stand for and also inspiring women to go for higher goals. Women have always been bold and perceived for change.

It does not matter whether they are educated or not or if the live in the biggest cities or remotest villages. Women have always been determined to bring about changes in the fortunes of their children.

Women have also been very instrumental to the progress of every society, the international women’s day is about ensuring that women keep moving, running and being active participants in our society and that applies to our daily lives, careers and where ever we find ourselves.”

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